Toyota Land Cruiser 2019 is the final facelift for the 200-Series Land Cruiser before an all new model comes out in a few years. The 200-Series Land Cruiser features a brand new design with the same basic body shell shape. The car features a raft of performance and efficiency upgrades compared to the previous generation with a brand new gearbox and a cleaner more economical range of engines.The Toyota Land Cruiser 2019 is available in 3 different variants VX 4.6, GX-R and VX 4.5D. The price of the 200-Series Toyota Land Cruiser is not competitive when compared to other models in the same class.
Exterior of the Toyota Land Cruiser 200-Series features much more restrained styling compared to the previous generation Land Cruiser. The front fascia gains a much more prominent grille that has three horizontal chrome bars running across it and two smaller chrome bars that intersect the new slimmer, and sleeker front side swept rectangular shaped headlights. The hood of the SUV now also incorporates dual bulges while the front bumper has been made to sit more flush with the body and features projection-headlamps and smaller more minimalistic fog lamps compared to the previous generation. The rear features a new smaller rear bumper, the same chrome trim piece embossed with the Land Cruiser logo running across the new rear tube designed side swept LED taillights. All variants feature next to identical styling in every aspect. The overall exterior of the 200 Series Toyota Land Cruiser 2019 features a unique and distinctive design language that allows it to stand out amongst its rivals.
The Toyota Land Cruiser interior features the same classic 7-seater layout arranged among 3 row of seats.Toyota Land Cruiser 2019 seats come as standard covered in a choice of either Black or Beige colored fabric. Standard features on the GX-R variant car include seven airbags, vehicle stability and active traction control, 12-volt accessory socket, 4.2-inch multi-information display, power windows and heated front electric seats. While the higher end Land Cruiser variants offer features such as parking sensors, a 9.0-inch multi-information display with satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charger, dual 10-inch rear seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, heated electric side mirrors, multi-terrain monitor, electrically adjustable steering column with 3 memory positions, Dual-zone front climate control air-conditioning, a rear cooler, 220-volt rear connector, electric horizontal-split Tailgate, smart entry and start, reversing camera, privacy glass, leather upholstery with 10-way adjustable driver seat and 8-way adjustable passenger seat, 14 speaker 605 watts JBL premium stereo speaker system with aux and USB input with separate rear audio input, moonroof and a remote engine starter. The overall interior of the Land Cruiser 2019 is very spacious in all three rows for an SUV of its exterior dimensions. It also offers a great level of comfort and interior refinement.
Engine The 200 Series Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a choice of 2 engines 4.5 Litre 32 Valve Twin Turbo V8 Diesel 5.7 Litre 32 Valve Dual VVT-I V8
Gearbox 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
Toyota Land Cruiser 2019 is offered in a choice of 10 colors
Pure White, Ultra Silver, Copper Brown, Royal Blue, Attitude Black, Gold Dust, Ash Grey, Astral Black, Pearl White and Regency Red.
The main competitors of the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series are the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Range Rover, Mercedes M-Class, Mercedes GL, Mercedes GLS, Bentley Bentayga and the Jaguar F-Pace.
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Pros Very Luxurious Spacious and Practical Good Safety rating with a high number of driving aids
Cons Very low mileage Expensive maintenance
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Available in more than 190 countries worldwide, the most of all existing Toyota models, the Land Cruiser’s unrivalled off-road abilities have earned it a rock-solid reputation as one of the world’s toughest and most reliable 4x4s, and made it the segment sales leader in more than 10 European countries.
The new Land Cruiser further enhances this reputation with new, more modern and robust exterior styling, more sophisticated, comfortable and higher quality interior design, improvements to its dynamic abilities and user-friendliness, both on- and off-road.
Featuring ergonomically optimised and functionally grouped switchgear, a new dashboard design incorporates the large, 8 inch Toyota Touch® 2 with Go multimedia system, Optitron driver’s meters, and a steering wheel switchgear-controlled 4.2’’ Multi-information Display.
On-board comfort has been enhanced through the adoption of front seat ventilation, rear seat heating and automatic climate control, an electric, heated windscreen and heated washer nozzles, reverse tilting door mirrors, and a new smart key design.
In western Europe the new Land Cruiser is powered by a 130 kW/177 DIN hp 2.8 D-4D turbodiesel. For eastern European markets the model is also available with a choice of 120 kW/161 DIN hp 2.7 VVT-i and 183 kW / 249* DIN hp 4.0 VVT-i petrol engines.
Key to the Land Cruiser’s peerless off-road capability is its highly durable, deformation-resistant, segment-unique body-on-frame construction.
Easy to maintain and repair, its combination of very high strength and proven durability not only offers a high level of damage protection, but also significantly reduced body twist, allowing the driver to optimise both vehicle positioning and control.
In addition, the body-on-frame construction efficiently isolates the cabin from suspension impacts, making even the most challenging off-road conditions more comfortable for vehicle occupants.
Helping even unskilled drivers maximise the vehicle’s off-road performance, the Land Cruiser’s all terrain support systems make it one of the most technically advanced, safe, pleasurable and easy to use four-wheel drive vehicles in the world.
No other SUV can offer the new Land Cruiser’s unique combination of off-road performance and on-road dynamics. Its powerful road presence and high levels of on-board technology hallmark it as a premium 4x4 with the perfect blend of go-anywhere capability, comfort and refinement.
Wherever you want to go, Land Cruiser will take you there. And bring you back.
MORE DYNAMIC, MODERN AND ROBUST STYLING
The exterior design of successive Land Cruiser generations has always combined the stylish aesthetics of a vehicle entirely at home in any environment with the robust image of durability and power expected from a genuine four-wheel drive machine.
The new Land Cruiser builds on this proven, trusted formula with a new design which is visually more agile and dynamic, yet maintains three core strengths essential to the vehicle’s renowned go-anywhere credentials:
Total Practicality -with headlamps and cooling openings positioned to maximise both protection and wading depth; Total Durability -with the powertrain and all functional parts well protected; and Total Capability -with the tight turning circle and generous ground clearance essential for even the most demanding off-road driving.
The new Land Cruiser’s overall length has increased by 60 mm to 4,840 mm (4,565 mm for the 3-door model). It boasts exceptional manoeuvrability, with a minimum turning circle of just 5.8 metres (5.2 metres for the 3-door model).
With newly designed bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps, front bumper and fenders, the front of the Land Cruiser draws on several structural elements from its unique design heritage.
The bonnet has been shaped to enhance downward visibility at the centre. In order to protect the engine bay, it is sandwiched by the bumper sides. Incorporating integral fog lamps, the lower part of the bumper corners kick upwards and the centre section has been shaped like a skid plate to enhance off-road manoeuvrability. And the fender tops have been raised to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.
Organised into a powerful, single graphic form, the radiator grille and headlamps have been placed high for greater off-road functionality. The grille openings are as large as possible to allow for optimum engine cooling performance, while the headlamp main beams are positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles during off-road driving.
In keeping with Land Cruiser heritage, the grille itself features broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings finished in chrome. Integrating high and low beams, a front turn signal lamp and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) within a distinctive casing, the headlamp clusters may be equipped with either halogen or LED/halogen headlamps, the latter incorporating LED DRL.
Reinforcing the Land Cruiser’s broad, powerful stance, the sharply trimmed lower section minimises the effect of the front overhang on the vehicle’s off-road driving approach angle. Allied to a minimum ground clearance of 215 mm (205 mm for 3-door models), the 31 degree approach, 25 degree departure and 22 degree ramp breakover angles, ensure the model’s off-road abilities.
In profile, the front bumper peak has been raised, and the bonnet, fender line, front bumper and rear bumper are now aligned on the same horizontal axis, giving the new Land Cruiser a more athletic and dynamic posture. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by a choice of six-spoke 17” alloys with new, low RRC (Rolling Resistance Coefficient) tyres, high gloss painted 18’’ alloys, or a new, 12-spoke, machined finish 19’’ alloy wheel design.
To the rear, new elements include a redesigned lamp cluster featuring an LED stop light, a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated within the number plate surround, and a restyled bumper with a kicked up base to the protruding corners.
The new Land Cruiser is available in a choice of ten body colours, including two newly available –Midnight Emerald Blue and Avant-Garde Bronze metallic.
HIGHER QUALITY INTERIOR
The interior of the new Land Cruiser features revised dashboard styling incorporating new designs for the driver’s instrument binnacle and centre console. It combines improved operability with the refined finish appropriate to a premium quality all-terrain vehicle.
The drivetrain-, driving- and comfort-related switchgear has been clearly separated into function-specific zones and ergonomically optimised for ease of use under even the most extreme conditions.
The top of the new centre console tower has been lowered for a more sleek appearance and improved front visibility when driving off-road. It incorporates a new, larger 8’’ full-colour multimedia screen, a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and the drivetrain-related instrument cluster.
Behind a new leather-clad gear lever reshaped for greater comfort, the driving- and comfort-related switchgear are clearly divided into separate panels for ease of use. The latter now includes heating and ventilation to the front seats.
Finished with a Silver Hairline texture that creates the appearance of sculpted metal, the centre console tower is cushioned between soft pads that support the occupants’ knees.
In the redesigned, four-gauge driver’s instrument binnacle, the precision Optitron meters feature a metallic base panel and spin polished dials with raised scale markings. They flank a 4.2’’ TFT colour Multi-information Display which provides drivers with comprehensive vehicle and infotainment data. Controlled via steering wheel mounted switchgear, the display features on-screen content including driving, vehicle, navigation, audio, driver assistance and warning message information.
The steering wheel itself is also new, now matching that found in Land Cruiser V8 models.
The heightened luxury and sophistication of the new interior design has been further enhanced by new, white illumination for the instrument panel, centre console and door switchgear. And a new interior lighting scheme incorporates LED front footwell, roof head lining and glove box lamps, and door panel illumination for a high quality cabin ambience.
The new Land Cruiser’s interior features a choice of three colour schemes -Black, Brown/Black and newly available Premium Beige. A choice of trim finishes completes the premium quality cabin ornamentation –a silver Hairline metallic finish matching the centre console treatment and newly developed Light Brown or Dark brown wood grain.
DIESEL AND PETROL POWERTRAINS
The 2.8 D-4D is a 2,755 cm3, 16 valve, DOHC four-cylinder engine which develops 130 kW/177 DIN hp at 3,400 rpm. Mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 370 Nm of torque at only 1,200 rpm, and a maximum 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. It will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 175 km/h. Average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 7.4 l/100 km and 194 g/km respectively.
When mated to the 6-speed manual transmission, the Land Cruiser 2.8 D-4D develops a maximum 420 Nm of torque between 1,400 and 2,600 rpm. It will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 175 km/h while returning an average fuel consumption of 7.4 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 194 g/km.
The proven, 2,694 cm3 petrol engine generates 120 kW/161 DIN hp at 5,200 rpm and maximum torque of 246 Nm at 3,900 rpm. When mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the 2.7 litre unit achieves a top speed of 165 km/h and an average fuel consumption of 12.3 l/100 km. When matched to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, maximum speed is 160 km/h and average fuel consumption 12.5 l/100 km.
The 4.0 VVT-i petrol engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and develops 183 kW / 249 DIN hp at 5,600 rpm and 381 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.
EXPANDED RANGE OF SAFETY FEATURES
High grade Land Cruiser models with automatic transmission come equipped with ‘Toyota Safety Sense’, a set of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.
Combining a camera and millimetre-wave radar for a high level of detection performance, the Land Cruiser’s Toyota Safety Sense system features a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with a Pedestrian Detection function, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB) technology.
Further driver support and safety enhancing systems include a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and an upgraded Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS).
*207 kW / 282 DIN hp for models sold in Ukraine
For vehicles like the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, performance is measured more in terms of boulder-scaling ability than just how quickly it’ll get down a drag strip.
We’ve given it extra points for its off-road tenacity and for its buttery smooth ride, but we’ve peeled one away for its underwhelming handling. That brings it to a 6 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Toyota only fits one engine to its 2018 Land Cruiser: a tried-and-true 5.7-liter V-8 rated at 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Devoid of high-tech turbochargers, the V-8 puts its power to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. Unlike some of its car-like rivals, there’s no two-wheel-drive version available.
Despite a curb weight that easily tips 6,000 pounds with a couple of passengers on board, the Land Cruiser accelerates strongly. Its 8-speed automatic fires off quick, smooth shifts, but can occasionally feel confused when pressed hard. Thanks to its separate ladder frame, the Land Cruiser is rated to tow 8,100 pounds.
Underneath, the Land Cruiser’s reinforced frame and solid rear axle are definitely throwbacks to another era. The coil-sprung rear end allows for terrific wheel articulation off-road but can lead to some head toss on pavement. Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System consists of large anti-roll bars that automatically disconnect at low speeds when more wheel travel is needed. Poke your head under and you’ll see just how massive the anti-roll bars are: the front unit measures 1.68 inches in diameter. Thanks to that trick setup, the Land Cruiser corners remarkably flatly on a curvy road.
But don’t go thinking it’s a sports car. Soft 18-inch tires with plenty of sidewall deliver a composed, comfortable ride, but they communicate little of the road to the light steering. The Land Cruiser doesn’t struggle to maintain a straight line across the prairie on the way to a mountain trail, but it’s not ready for an afternoon of corner carving, either.
Toyota Land Cruiser off-road
Where the Land Cruiser excels is away from the pavement. When activated at the press of a button, Toyota’s Crawl Control system uses the traction control and ABS to keep it moving at a slow pace over any kind of terrain. A separate knob dials in specific traction control parameters for any kind of terrain.
The Land Cruiser’s biggest off-road deficit is its girth. It’s nearly 78 inches wide, which means you’ll have to pick your trail carefully. Aiding things slightly is another switch that uses the ABS to give the Cruiser an especially tight turning radius by braking the inside wheel to allow the vehicle to “pivot” around.
Finally, the Land Cruiser’s center differential is a Torson limited-slip that can be locked for severe off-road use at the press of a button.
Where this big SUV feels most magical is bashing through sand dunes. With tire pressures lowered, the Cruiser belies its heft with a nimble, tossable feel and ample power up high in the rev-range where it’s needed.
To those handful of Land Cruiser buyers who will experience all this in action, we tip our hats.
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